The Sixers faced off against the Bulls on December 1st and fell to Chicago 93-88 at the United Center in Chicago. This is the first time the Bulls will play at the Wells Fargo Center since the Sixers eliminated them last May in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Bulls have outscored the Sixers by three points over their last four meetings. The Sixers are 6-1 when scoring 100+ points this season including 104 against the Pistons on Monday. The Sixers defense buckled down nicely against Detroit holding them to just 39.5% shooting from the field after opponents were shooting nearly 50% over the previous seven games.
Who to Watch: Jrue Holiday. Holiday has been the de facto leader of the Sixers this season averaging 18.0 points and 8.9 assists per game. His one issue is turnovers. His 3.9 turnovers per game lead all point guards. He is improving in that area as well as he boasts a 3.35 assist-to-turnover rate. He is coming off of a big game against Detroit in which he dropped 25 points. Holiday came alive in the fourth quarter registering 12 of his 25 points. He has scored 20 or more points seven times this year which is impressive as he only surpassed the 20 point mark just 10 times all of last season.
The Bulls are going to be relying on their defense which has been strong of late. They have held their opponent to an average of 88.1 points per game and 29.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Despite trailing the all-time series 115-89 (this may come as a surprise to some) but have won the last three regular season games against Philadelphia. The Bulls faced off against the Sixers on December 1st and won in Chicago 93-88 at the United Center. They were led by 25 points from former first round pick Luol Deng.
Who to Watch: Joakim Noah. The Bulls center is playing a key role for the team this year averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. In his career against the Sixers, he is averaging 8.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 15 games against Philadelphia. He had a career night last Friday against the aforementioned Pistons when he registered 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds while dishing out six assists. He is the first Chicago Bull since Charles Oakley in 1986 that had a 30+/20+/5+ night.
Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm with tickets still available. The game can be seen on CSN and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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